David Gallagher stars as Simon Camden on The WB's hit drama 7th Heaven, which is currently in its ninth season. In addition to his role on 7th Heaven, Gallagher has kept himself busy by starring in television films such as The New Adventures of Spin & Marty opposite Judd Nelson, Angels in the Endzone opposite Christopher Lloyd and Walker Texas Ranger opposite Chuck Norris as well as Summer of Fear, It Was Him or Us, Bermuda Triangle, The Secret Keeper, A Dad's Life and Kart Racer. Gallagher made his mark on the big screen starring in Phenomenon alongside John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. In the hit sequel Look Who's Talking Now, he re-teamed with John Travolta to star opposite Kirstie Alley. You can also find him in Little Secrets and the title role of Warner Bros. Family Entertainment's film Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. Most recently, he starred in and produced the film Coldwater.
In 2003, Gallagher was honored by the Teen Choice Awards with the "TV Actor/Drama" award for his work on 7th Heaven. He is nominated for the same award for 2004. He has also been nominated three times for "The Hollywood Reporter's Young Star Award" in the category of Best Performance. Gallagher won this award in 1998 for his role on 7th Heaven. Gallagher currently is a sophomore at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. Aside from acting, Gallagher would like to produce and direct and is currently working on his first short film.
David Lee Gallagher was born on February 9, 1985 in College Point, New York. At not even 2 years old, David landed his first print ad job and he has since done commercials for corporations such as Walt Disney World, Burger King, Panasonic, Hanes, Betty Crocker and Tyson Foods. At the age of 8, David made his film debut with a lead role in the surprise hit Look Who's Talking Now (1993). Several television appearances and made-for-television movies followed until another big-screen success in Phenomenon (1996), with John Travolta. That same year he landed his most famous role to date, Simon Camden, in the WB hit "7th Heaven" (1996). With new fan-magazine fame and a teen-idol status, David will next be seen in _Kart Racer (2003). Graduated from Chaminade High School in 2003, David is an avid student who enjoys swimming, basketball and just being a normal teenager.
David has 2 younger brothers, Killian and Kyle and 2 younger sisters, Michele and Kelly. Brother Killian is autistic, which is why David is a devoted member and spokesperson of the organization C.A.N (Cure Autism Now). His sister, Michele, was in an episode of "7th Heaven" with him ("With a Little Help From My Friends"). He has pets: 2 Rottweilers- Nomad and Sonya, a king snake- Maxine, and a Painted red ear turtle- Freddy.
More fun stuff about David Gallagher
Movies: The entire Star Wars Trilogy
Tv Shows: Saturday night Live, ER, Seinfeld
Music: Metallica, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Nirvana
Song: Comfortably Numb by- Pink Floyd
Food: King Crab
Sports Teams: Football- Green Bay, vikings, Niners, Oakland and Raiders
Colors: Red, Blue, Green
Books: Jurassic Park, Lost World, The Green Mile
Authors: Michael Chrichton and Stephen King
Hobbies: video games, cartoons, sports, and collecting star wars memorabilia
Art of being David Galiagher
Tales from the script: "My most embarrassing moment from the show was having to wear those too-small candy cane pajamas for the Christmas episode. That was horrible. My friends didn't cut me any slack about it, either."
On the prowl: "I own a Plymouth Prowler, which is a very noticeable, unique-looking hot rod. Mine is yellow. It's my special occasion car, since I the last thing I want is to find out it's been stolen or scratched."
Top secret: "The strangest rumor that I've ever heard about myself was that I was going out with Beverley Mitchell [who plays Lucy]. That's a recent one, so it's probably still going around."
Webmaster: "My dad runs my Web site, which is dgnews.net. It's so funny, he spends hours in our garage working on the site. He's extremely thorough."
In tune: "I listen to every kind of music except country and disco. Right now my favorite band is Linkin Park."
On being a sucker for romance: "I may talk the big talk...tell myself I want to date a lot of girls, be a player, be a pimp, but when it comes down to it, I really am that kind of guy who'd rather find someone I really like and do the boyfriend thing."
On being a film student: "Since I was little, getting [my bachelor's degree] has always been part of the master plan. The entire college experience is so great. Living on campus, learning about film, playing Ultimate Frisbee and going to parties. It really is true when they say you find yourself in college."
On his most mortifying 7th Heaven moment: "Sadly, my first kiss, ever, was on television. The entire world saw my little, dorky, awkward person try to kiss a girl for the first time. I was so scared!"
On being cool: "I hate that whole cool crowd thing. I realized that in high school. High school was such a completely weird experience. You've got cliques, the cool crowd, the not-so-cool crowd, the jocks, the nerds, the whatever and it is so lame and petty and not at all progressive. In college, thankfully, you don't have to deal with all that. People don't have time to make fun of other people."
On turning twenty: "It's hard to imagine that I am going to be twenty [years old]. My teen years are going to be gone soon, at least on paper, and that is so strange to me because I have made that entire journey on television."
David Gallagher's real life family differ from his famous TV family
Beneath the stardom, David Gallagher is just a normal high school sophomore. We caught up with David and asked him about his real family life, getting his driver's license, and being a heartthrob.
The WB: If you could give Simon advice on life, where would you start?
David: I'd probably tell him to lighten up a little. Sometimes I get annoyed by his lecturing. And I'm not sure he knows how to have fun. Not that being so mature is a bad thing, but there are times to be mature and there are times to be loose.
The WB: Is your real-life family like your TV family?
David: Not really. Yet, out of all the cast members, my family resembles the Camdens the most in terms of siblings. I'm the oldest, so I'm the "Matt" of our family. Then come my sisters Michelle and Kelly, who would be Mary and Lucy. Then there's my little brother Kyle who would be Simon, and Killian who would be Ruthie. So if you made Ruthie a boy, I guess we'd be the same.
The WB: Do you like having so many brothers and sisters?
David: I really don't know any different. It's weird, though, because a lot of times I'll read the scripts and think: Yeah, that's happened in our family. I can't wait for my little sisters to start dating, because it will really be fun to pick on their boyfriends.
The WB: Do your parents cut you any slack at home because you're a star?
David: We don't really work on a chore system at my house. It's more or less like when you see something out of place, pick it up. But if my parents say, "Pick up the living room," I pick up the living room. So yeah, I get the "privilege" of helping out.
The WB: Is it intimidating to be considered a heartthrob?
David: Getting recognized and all that is cool. It mostly occurs when I'm away doing publicity things in other cities. I narrated an orchestra one time in Cincinnati, and there were a lot of girls my age there who were really into the whole deal. But when I'm out in my normal life, I really don't run into it a lot at all. Just my luck.
The WB: Do your friends give you a hard time about seeing you in teen magazines and things like that?
David: Oh yeah. If I'm with my friends and fans approach me, my friends always have funny reactions. It can be good or bad, depending on the situation. Once when I was out with some of my friends at a theme park, a bunch of girls approached, and my friends ran off with me as if they were my bodyguards. They really do make fun of me about it. One guy saved a newspaper article about the fact that I got my driver's license. I'm never gonna hear the end of that. He couldn't believe I was in the paper just because I got my license.
The WB: So was passing the driving test a big deal?
David: It went much smoother than I originally thought it would. I was practicing like crazy when I got my permit, getting in two hours of driving every day at the very least. I made sure that right before I took the test I double-checked all my car knowledge. That was my real concern, because when you get nervous you forget things. I was afraid I would forget where my defroster was or something stupid like that. So I made sure I really was prepared. I lost five points, but I did well.
The WB: Are your parents paranoid about letting you drive on your own?
David: My parents are really cool about it. They trust me because they had both been out driving with me a lot when I had my permit. So they consider me a good driver. It's fun going out and meeting your friends and not having to worry about when mom and dad can pick you up.
The WB: Do you ever miss the normal life and things like football games or school dances?
David: I wish I could go to the school where my close friends go, but I obviously can't. The good thing is, they're really good about inviting me to all the football games and all that stuff. So I end up having an adopted team spirit for a school I don't go to.
The WB: What about college? Do you plan on going while you're still on the show?
David: No way! That is ludicrous. It's just too hard. I'm in my sophomore year in high school right now, and that's hard enough. I'm in honors classes, and they're so time-consuming. When the time for college comes around, I've decided I'm going to take a break from the show so I can go to college. I've been thinking about going to UCLA.
The WB: So what sort of things do you like to do to unwind?
David: I like to play the guitar. I've tried to start a couple of bands, but my friends aren't too into it. The only friend I have who's really into it also plays guitar, so we're really not getting anywhere. But it's great to get my mind off schoolwork and personal-life drama.
The WB: What would you like to see happen for Simon in the future?
David: Simon needs his own garage band. I don't know if that's ever going to materialize, but I can hope. They've already established that his dad plays the guitar, so it would be a great father/son thing. But that's really up to the show.
David Gallagher was one of the Celebrities First to 'Touch' Nintendo DS
It was all about touching and playing at the Nintendo DS(TM) pre-launch party last night as celebrities including Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Metcalfe, Zach Braff, Orlando Jones, Taryn Manning, Anthony Keidis, Sarah Chalke, Rachel Hunter, David Gallagher, J.C. Chasez, Donald Faison, Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Vartan and more were the first to play Nintendo's newest hand-held video game system -- the Nintendo DS -- scheduled to debut in North American stores Nov. 21.
"Since we announced the Nintendo DS, celebrities have been clamoring to be the first to get their hands on it," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "The Nintendo DS was a huge hit due to its revolutionary features -- the dual screen; touch-screen; a built-in chat function; and wireless communication."
David Gallagher wants to be active
David Gallagher, 19, perhaps better known as "7th Heaven"'s Simon Camden, stood up to say a few words. Gallagher immediately lightened the mood when he made reference to his show, mentioning that, from what he has heard, his program is somewhat of a "guilty pleasure." Gallagher spoke of his Republican parents, and how he was nervous at first that they may not support his decision to back the Kerry/Edwards campaign.
"Everyone assumes that kids take on the political values that their families have, which is absolutely not true," he said. He was pleasantly surprised when his parents supported his decision. "I love them anyway," he joked, in regards to their Republican status.
Gallagher said that his interest in politics was somewhat of a recent development. Initially, Gallagher said he blamed Bush for the state of the country, then turned the blame inward toward himself. " Not being active, and not knowing what was going on made me the ignorant one," he said.